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  1. Weapons seized from the terrorists. -ISPR Two terrorists were killed in an exchange of fire with security forces on Tuesday, said a statement released by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). The statement added the terrorists were attempting an attack on a check post near Dewana Baba Ziarat, 12km north of Tank. Security forces launched a nationwide military operation 'Radd-ul-Fasaad' earlier in February, which includes broad-spectrum security and counter-terrorism operations in Punjab, and continuation of ongoing operations across the country. The operation includes a countrywide deweaponisation drive and explosive control as additional cardinals of the effort. The hallmark of this operation is the pursuance of the National Action Plan (NAP).
  2. Photo: REUTERS Oil prices steadied just above seven-month lows on Tuesday after news of increases in supply, a trend which has undermined attempts by OPEC and other producers to support the market through reduced output. Benchmark Brent was up 15 cents at $47.06 by 0820 GMT. On Monday, it fell 46 cents, or 1 percent, to settle at $46.91 a barrel. That was its lowest close since November 29, the day before the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and other producers agreed to cut output by 1.8 million barrels per day (bpd) for six months from January. US crude oil was 15 cents higher at $44.35 a barrel. It fell 54 cents on Monday to $44.20, its lowest close since November 14. Both benchmarks are down by around 15 percent since late May, when OPEC, Russia and other producers extended their limits on production until the end of March 2018. "Recent data points are not encouraging," Morgan Stanley analysts said in a research note. "Identifiable oil inventories - both crude and product in the OECD, China and selected other non-OECD countries - increased at a rate of (about) 1 (million bpd) in Q1." OPEC supplies jumped in May as output recovered in Libya and Nigeria, two countries exempt from the production reduction agreement. Libya's oil production rose more than 50,000 bpd to 885,000 bpd after the state oil company settled a dispute with Germany's Wintershall, a Libyan source told Reuters. Nigerian oil supply is also rising, industry figures show. Exports of Nigeria's benchmark Bonny Light crude oil are set to reach 226,000 bpd in August, up from 164,000 bpd in July, loading programme show. "The increasing August export program in Nigeria and the jump in Libyan oil output should pressure oil prices further in the short term," said Tamas Varga, senior analyst at London brokerage PVM Oil Associates. "If we get bearish US oil statistics this week, we could see a test of $45 on Brent," Varga said. US oil production has been rising quickly this year, feeding the global glut. Data on Friday showed a record 22nd consecutive week of increases in US oil drilling rigs. But Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said the oil market is heading in the right direction and just needs time to rebalance, the London-based newspaper Asharq al-Awsat reported on Monday
  3. HEREFORD: Police in West Midlands have arrested a man with knives and an axe near an Army Reserve centre, reported the BBC. The 23-year-old man was arrested on Sunday night. Police officials said there was nothing to indicate that there was a threat to the army centre and was not related to the terror attack in Finsbury Park, London. The man?s motives are not yet known and he is in custody, BBC quoted police officials as saying. ?On identifying the man our officers took prompt action to contain the threat and take him into custody,? said Asst Ch Con Martin Evans of West Mercia Police. He added that an "extremely sensitive investigation" was being carried out and added that additional police patrols would take place in the town to safeguard the citizens.
  4. KARACHI: A four-year-old girl was killed in a road accident late Sunday night when a dumper truck hit a motorcycle here at the Johar Mor bridge, near Gulistan-e-Johar, Geo News reported. The crash left the deceased girl?s parents injured, rescue sources said. Rescue officials revealed further that the affected family resides in the metropolis? Korangi area.
  5. Images on the right via US Embassy London website. British police said on Wednesday they had carried out a controlled explosion near where the United States is building a new embassy in Wandsworth, south-west London, but the unattended vehicles that triggered the action turned out not to be suspicious. Police said they were called out after a report of two unattended vehicles near the embassy site, and carried out a controlled explosion at around 4:37 PM GMT (9:37 PM PST). According to The Guardian, "police used a bomb disposal robot for the controlled explosion of a red van parked next to the unopened building on Ponton Road". Residents were asked to stay inside their homes, whereas the close-by Waitrose supermarket car park was shut down briefly. Security officials said London Ambulance service and fire brigade were in attendance as well, while the site was cordoned off. Security authorities, almost 90 minutes later, declared the incident "was not terrorism related". A US embassy spokeswoman said no US diplomats were present at the construction site. Police at that time also noted that nearby roads will be reopening shortly. "The first staff move into the [US] embassy early next month," The Guardian added.
  6. SUKKUR: An explosion was heard at Sukkur?s Airport Road on Tuesday. However, no casualties have been reported yet. According to Commissioner Sukkur, the explosion occurred near accountability court, adding that nothing can be said yet about the nature of the explosion. The explosion shattered the windows of the building. However, no casualties have been reported yet. Bomb Disposal Squad officials are inspecting the site.
  7. KABUL: A powerful car bomb exploded in the center of Afghanistan's capital on Wednesday, sending clouds of black smoke spiraling over the center of the city in an area near the presidential palace and foreign embassies, police said Several people were killed and wounded in the blast near the fortified entrance to the German embassy, said Basir Mujahid a spokesman for Kabul police. At least 67 wounded have been taken to Kabul hospitals following a powerful car bomb explosion in the Afghan capital on Wednesday, a spokesman for the ministry of public health said. "It was a car bomb near the German embassy, but there are several other important compounds and offices near there too. It is hard to say what the exact target is," Mujahid said. The explosion shattered windows and blew doors off their hinges in houses hundreds of meters (yards) away. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast. A spokesman for Taliban insurgents said he was gathering information.
  8. LAHORE: A Pakistan Airforce jet while on a routine operational training mission crashed near Mianwali on Thursday, informed a PAF spokesperson. The pilot of F-7PG aircraft ejected safely and no loss of civilian life and property has been reported on ground, the spox added. A board of inquiry has been ordered by Air Headquarters to determine the cause of the accident.
  9. Image courtesy: Beautiful Country? Twitter account (@beauticountry) A 4-by-4 feet sinkhole has formed right outside Mar-a-Lago, the famous Palm Beach, Florida resort that US President Donald Trump is known to frequent. Although the sinkhole has not caused any major traffic delays, the lane in which it appeared has been closed for the relevant authorities to analyse and fix. Palm Beach town, in a notification issued earlier today, said the sinkhole is "in the vicinity of the newly-installed water main. West Palm Beach Utilities distribution crews have secured the area and will most likely need to do some exploratory excavation today". The alert also advised motorists to be cautious of the signs, as "one lane is closed but the road remains open." Calling the sinkhole "relatively small - compared to others [...] seen throughout the state," WBALTV's Sanika Dange, who was on the scene, said that "traffic is being redirected to the turn lane and then crossover". Mar-a-Lago is unofficially called the Winter White House and White House 2.0 due to Trump's regular visits to the estate and hosting foreign leaders, such as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping. Not letting any opportunity go to waste, Twitterati, on the other hand, found humour in this situation as well. But I guess this one wins!
  10. LAHORE: Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah said on Friday that there are no signs of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf?s Chairman Imran Khan becoming a prime minister of the country in the near future. The provincial law minister was speaking to media outside the Punjab Assembly. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/dfe894294faf91c974530d9a1ad8721b.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9NS8xOS8yMDE3IDE6MDU6MjYgUE0maGFzaF92YWx1ZT1tdnROVVIwd3orbm1xZURURkZQVVVnPT0mdmFsaWRtaW51dGVzPTYwJmlkPTE= style=center] In 2018, the PTI chief?s political career would end, said Sanaullah, adding that Imran would not be able to find shortcuts to the prime ministership. ?His (Imran?s) political funeral has been held and will be buried after the Joint Investigation Team?s probe,? said the law minister. Sanaullah said that all the institutions should act in coordination, keeping the aspect of national security in mind. PTI to flex its muscle in Quetta today The PTI chairman is expected to make an important announcement at the rally While referring to the International Court of Justice?s verdict on Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav, he said that it is the government?s prerogative to accept the verdict, adding that a decision would be reached based on national interest when the time comes. The ICJ had ordered Pakistan on Thursday to halt the execution of Jadhav until a final decision in the proceedings. "Pakistan shall take all measures at its disposal to ensure that Jadhav is not executed pending the final decision in these proceedings," ordered Judge Ronny Abraham, president of the court, as he announced the decision.
  11. BEIJING: Japan on Thursday lodged a protest with China after four Chinese coastguard vessels entered what Tokyo considers its territorial waters near disputed East China Sea islets and a drone-like object flew near one ship, the Japanese government said. It was the first such flight near the islands witnessed by Japanese officials, although Thursday's incident takes to 13 the number of intrusions this year by Chinese coastguard ships in the contested waters, Japan's coastguard said. Japan and China have long been at loggerheads over the tiny, uninhabited islands, called the Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China. They are controlled by Japan but claimed also by China. Kenji Kanasugi, director-general of the Japanese Foreign Ministry's Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau, protested to the Chinese embassy in Tokyo by telephone. "The Senkaku islands are Japan's inherent territory and the entry into the territorial waters by the Chinese government ships is absolutely unacceptable," a Japanese Foreign Ministry official said. "On top of that, there appears to have been a flight of a drone. We lodged a stern protest against this unilateral escalation of the situation by China." The Chinese embassy responded to the Japanese protest by reiterating "China's own stance" on the islands, the official added. In a brief statement on its website, China's State Oceanic Administration confirmed that four coast guard vessels had been patrolling by the islands, but made no mention of any drone. China routinely rejects Japanese criticism of such patrols, saying its ships have every right to operate in what China calls its territorial waters.
  12. BEIJING: Japan on Thursday lodged a protest with China after four Chinese coastguard vessels entered what Tokyo considers its territorial waters near disputed East China Sea islets and a drone-like object flew near one ship, the Japanese government said. It was the first such flight near the islands witnessed by Japanese officials, although Thursday's incident takes to 13 the number of intrusions this year by Chinese coastguard ships in the contested waters, Japan's coastguard said. Japan and China have long been at loggerheads over the tiny, uninhabited islands, called the Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China. They are controlled by Japan but claimed also by China. Kenji Kanasugi, director-general of the Japanese Foreign Ministry's Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau, protested to the Chinese embassy in Tokyo by telephone. "The Senkaku islands are Japan's inherent territory and the entry into the territorial waters by the Chinese government ships is absolutely unacceptable," a Japanese Foreign Ministry official said. "On top of that, there appears to have been a flight of a drone. We lodged a stern protest against this unilateral escalation of the situation by China." The Chinese embassy responded to the Japanese protest by reiterating "China's own stance" on the islands, the official added. In a brief statement on its website, China's State Oceanic Administration confirmed that four coast guard vessels had been patrolling by the islands, but made no mention of any drone. China routinely rejects Japanese criticism of such patrols, saying its ships have every right to operate in what China calls its territorial waters.
  13. KARACHI: An explosion damaged the Sui gas pipeline near Madinatul Hikmat area of Manghopir in the wee hours of Thursday. According to Sui Gas officials, the explosion caused damage to the 16-inch diameter gas pipeline. Due to the incident, gas supply to Manghopir, Banaras, and nearby areas has been disrupted, said authorities. According to the bomb disposal squad, around 500-600 grams of local explosive content of was used in the incident.
  14. GHOTKI: A trailer collided with a rickshaw near in Ghotki district in northern Sindh on Tuesday, killing at least six passengers and injuring eight others. According to rescue sources, the passengers were returning to Sadiqabad after the Urs of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in Sehwan. Earlier today, at least five of a family were killed when a truck and van collided near Qasba Mona in Chakwal early morning on Tuesday. Eleven people including six children were injured in the accident were shifted to the hospital, rescue sources told Geo News. On Monday, at least four schoolchildren and a driver were killed and eight children critically injured when a speeding oil tanker crushed a school van in Multan.
  15. KABUL: Afghan security forces have regained control of a district centre close to the northern city of Kunduz that fell to Taliban insurgents earlier this month, officials said on Tuesday. A statement from the interior ministry said security forces had launched their operation to retake Qala-i-Zal, a district to the northwest of Kunduz, on Tuesday morning and had secured the district governor's office, police headquarters and other areas. "Right now, a massive operation in insecure areas of Qala-i-Zal is ongoing," it said. "Afghan security forces will not let Taliban insurgents rule our people in any part of the country." The defence ministry said one insurgent had been killed in the operation. There was no word on any casualties among security forces. Taliban fighters seized Qala-i-Zal, on the border with Tajikistan, on May 6 as they stepped up pressure on Kunduz at the start of their annual spring offensive. Fighting has been going on all around Kunduz, with security forces struggling to open the main highway into the city after it was blocked with mines and improvised roadside bombs. Although the city centre itself is in government hands, the Taliban control most of the surrounding districts and thousands of residents are reported to have fled their homes to avoid the fighting. Kunduz has been one of the Taliban's main targets ever since international troops largely ended their combat mission in Afghanistan in 2014. Over the past two years, the insurgents have twice managed to seize the city centre for brief periods before being driven off after days of fighting and air strikes. According to US estimates, the government controls only about 60 percent of the country with the rest either under Taliban control or contested by the insurgents.
  16. LAHORE: Over 30 tents were gutted after a makeshift camp caught fire near Lahore’s Chowk Yateem Khana vicinity on Monday. The blaze, in a campsite for construction workers employed by the Orange Train Project, was contained by the fire brigade department. Two construction workers were injured while attempting to douse the fire.
  17. HYDERABAD: Two goods trains collided between the Bholari and Meeting Pul near Hyderabad early Saturday morning. As a result, several bogies crashed into one another, and many were also thrown off track. Officials said a goods train transporting containers crashed into the rear side of another train carrying oil. Rescue and other officials are assessing the extent of the damage and whether any casualties took place, sources added. It was further stated that both the North and South-bound train network was halted owing to the accident.
  18. A Daesh attack on Tuesday against a position held by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in northeast Syria killed at least 24 people, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitor, said. The attack on a checkpoint at Rajm al-Salibi, the location of a refugee camp near the border between Syria and Iraq, led to violent clashes, the Observatory reported. More than 30 other people were also injured, it said. The SDF, a coalition of Kurdish and Arab militias, has seized large swathes of northern Syria from Daeshover the past 18 months and is engaged in a campaign to drive the terrorist group from its de facto regional capital of Raqqa. On Monday, the SDF captured most of the strategically vital town of Tabqa, 40 km (25 miles) west of Raqqa along the Euphrates, it said. It said on Tuesday that fierce fighting continued to capture the last few districts of the town as well as an adjacent dam, Syria's largest, and the last major obstacle remaining before it can begin its assault on Raqqa. Tuesday's Daesh attack on Rajm al-Salibi was targeted at the Asayish, a Kurdish security force that operates in northeast Syria, the Observatory said.
  19. JHANG: A Pakistan Air Force (PAF) training jet crashed near Jhang's Athara Hazari area on Tuesday, a PAF spokesperson said. No casualties were reported as a consequence of the crash. The pilot remained unhurt and safely ejected from the jet, the PAF said. The aircraft crashed while on "routine operation training." Earlier on April 14, an Army training aviation plane crashed due to a technical fault in Haral village of Dina, about 17 kilometres from Jehlum. Read more: Army aviation training aircraft crashes near Jehlum Both pilots remained unhurt, a police spokesperson said.
  20. LONDON: Police swooped on a man close to the Houses of Parliament in London on Thursday, with eyewitnesses telling AFP they saw knives on the ground. The incident comes a month after the March 22 attack in which a man drove into pedestrians, killing four, and stabbed a police officer to death at the gates of parliament. "Man arrested in Westminster. No reported injuries," Scotland Yard said on their Twitter account. "Officers are on the scene." An AFP photographer saw firearms officers surrounding the man and pinning him to the ground at a pedestrian island. David Wisniowski, who was working on a building site right next to the incident, told AFP he could see "three knives on the floor, one big one and two small". Gabrielle Hennessy, 20, a US tourist, described seeing police rush at a man. "We were walking along Parliament Square and we saw police rush at him. And then he was on the ground surrounded by police. They stood him up and that’s when I saw the knife on the ground," she told AFP. Police have taped off the area in question.
  21. AMMAN/BEIRUT: A massive explosion struck near Damascus International Airport early on Thursday setting off large fires, a monitoring group said, without specifying the cause. But, quoting Syrian rebel and intelligence sources, news agency Reuters reported that Israel had struck an arms supply hub operated by the Lebanese Hezbollah group near Damascus airport. The blast was outside the airport itself. Israeli Intelligence Minister Israel Katz, speaking from the United States, where he has been meeting US officials, to Israeli Army Radio: "I can confirm that the incident in Syria corresponds completely with Israel's policy to act to prevent Iran's smuggling of advanced weapons via Syria to Hezbollah in Iran. Naturally, I don't want to elaborate on this." "The prime minister has said that whenever we receive intelligence that indicated an intention to transfer advanced weapons to Hezbollah, we will act." Read more: Three dead in Israeli attack on Syria military camp Israeli warplanes have hit the airport and other bases around the capital in the past, targeting what it said were weapons stockpiles of its Lebanese foe Hezbollah, which is allied with the Syrian government. Lebanon's al-Manar television, which is affiliated with Hezbollah, said early indications were that the strikes hit warehouses and fuel tanks and had caused only material damage and no human casualties. "Al-Manar's correspondent reported that an explosion struck at dawn on Thursday in fuel tanks and a warehouse near Damascus International Airport and that it was probably the result of an Israeli strike," the channel said. The airport lies about 25 kilometres (15 miles) southeast of the capital. It was hit by Israeli air strikes in December 2014, Syrian state media reported at the time. Israel does not usually confirm or deny each individual raid it carries out. But last month, it said it had carried out several strikes near the Syrian desert city of Palmyra, targeting what it said were "advanced weapons" belonging to Hezbollah. The strikes prompted Syria to launch retaliatory ground to air missiles, one of which was intercepted over Israeli territory in the most serious flare-up between the two neighbours since the Syrian civil war began six years ago.
  22. BEIRUT: Explosions were heard near Damascus International Airport in the early hours of Thursday, a monitoring group said, without specifying the cause. "The blast was huge and could be heard in Damascus," said Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Read more: Three dead in Israeli attack on Syria military camp Earlier on April 23, an Israeli attack on a Syrian camp for pro-government forces killed three fighters near the Golan Heights on Sunday, an official from the forces said. The official told AFP that two fighters were also wounded in the attack on the Al-Fawwar camp near Quneitra in southwestern Syria, adding that it was unclear whether the damage was inflicted by an air strike or shelling. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group confirmed the early Sunday attack but had no further details. Israel´s army on Friday said it targeted positions inside Syria in retaliation for mortar fire that hit the northern part of the Golan Heights. Syria´s official news agency SANA said Israel had struck a Syrian army position in the province of Quneitra on the Golan plateau, "causing damage". This is a developing story and will be updated as more information is received.
  23. TEHRAN: At least eight Iranian border guards were killed in clashes with armed men Wednesday near the border with Pakistan, state television IRIB said on its website. It said the clashes broke out in the Mirjaveh region of Sistan-Baluchistan province, without giving details.
  24. KABUL: US troops are still battling suspected Daesh fighters near the site where a massive bomb was dropped in eastern Afghanistan last week, a US military official said on Wednesday. Nicknamed "the mother of all bombs", the GBU-43 Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb was dropped last Thursday from an American MC-130 aircraft in the Achin district of Nangarhar province, bordering Pakistan. Since then questions have surrounded the decision to use the weapon, which is one of the largest conventional bombs ever used in combat by the US military. Afghan estimates of heavy militant losses and no civilian casualties have been impossible to verify in the remote region, with access to the area where the bomb fell still blocked. The strike drew condemnation from some prominent figures, including former Afghan president Hamid Karzai and Afghanistan's ambassador to Pakistan. After arriving at the site the day after the strike, US troops fighting alongside Afghan forces have since left, but continue to conduct operations in the broader area, said US military spokesman Captain William Salvin. "Access has been restricted but that's because it's a combat zone," he told Reuters. "We are in contact with the enemy." Echoing initial estimates, Salvin said the US military has "high confidence" that no civilians were harmed. Some Afghan officials have complained of a lack of information about the effects of the bomb. "We were and we are kept in the dark and still we haven’t been able to go to the site," said one senior Afghan security official, who declined to be named because of the sensitivity of the issue. "We are confused ourselves and we wonder what MOAB could have caused." Information ‘black hole’ In meetings of the Afghan security council, some ministers told President Ashraf Ghani they feared the lack of information from the US side could be exploited by Daesh, which has continued radio broadcasts claiming none of its fighters were killed. Salvin would not comment on claims by Afghan defense officials that nearly 100 Daesh fighters died in the strike. The attack was aimed at destroying an "extensive" complex of fortified tunnels and mines and not any particularly large concentration of fighters, he said. "Our assessments are ongoing," Salvin said, noting that the strike appeared to have collapsed many tunnels, destroyed mines, and "reduced" several nearby structures. US troops have continued to use explosives to collapse other tunnel entrances not destroyed by the bomb, he said. For at least a month before the strike, the US military had broadcast radio messages warning of coming operations by American and Afghan troops in southern Nangarhar, and leaflets were dropped on areas affected by the operation, Salvin said. One leaflet seen by Reuters in a village near the strike shows a picture of a drone with an Afghan army emblem and reads: "We ask residents to leave as soon as possible to save their lives." Several villages near the blast site have been largely abandoned for months as fighting increased between Daesh and the US-backed Afghan forces, locals said. "There were daily bombings and fighting," said Khan Afzal, a local policeman on a recent patrol in the village of Abdul Khil, less than a mile from the strike. "Afghan forces used to fire artillery, bombs were dropped by foreign aircraft, and even Daesh fired rockets at us and at the villagers," he added. Residents in Achin district say that they knew of no civilians still living voluntarily in the areas near the Daesh stronghold, but it is still not clear if other non-combatants may have been involved. "The people who'd normally be talking have fled, and there have been very few reports from inside Daesh territory," said Kate Clark, a senior researcher for the Afghan Analysts Network. "The jury's still out on many things with this strike." Some local residents suggested there may have been prisoners held in the tunnel complex, she added, but the area has been something of an information black hole since Daesh militants were first confirmed there in 2015. The Afghan offshoot of the Middle East-based, extremist militant movement is small - presumed to number a few hundred fighters - and is battling foreign and government troops as well as rival insurgent groups, most notably the dominant Taliban.
  25. When you look at a salad it might seem easy to make. However, a lot of thought and fusion of ingredients make a salad stand out from the rest. If you ever wondered how meticulous it could be to make a good tasting salad, watch this video that traces all the steps from the fields to the preparation table at The Park's Fire restaurant. Dineout is organising India’s first restaurant festival also known as ‘Great Indian Restaurant Festival’, where you can try the amazing Burrata Salad yourself. The festival is being held between 1st February and 10th February with over 1,000 partnered restaurants who will be offering attractive discounts. You can avail offers from over five categories of discounts - 50% off Food, 50% off Buffets, Special Deals (specially curated menus), 50% off Alcoholic Beverages and 50% Off Valentine’s Day Packages.